Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
“Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.
(Matthew 24:32-34 (NIV))
Is it possible that we need to learn a lesson?
Is it possible that we are oblivious to what God is unfolding right before us?
This brings to mind that old saying, “You can’t see the forest for the trees.”
Are we so focused on the individual events that are unfolding before us that we cannot see that they are all related? Have we become so indignant that we think we make our own history, that our own plans will shape the course of history?
I look at Egypt as another sign of God’s plans unfolding. I do not pretend to know the details of what He is doing, but many believe that Isaiah 19 is beginning to unfold right before us.
I will stir up Egyptian against Egyptian–
brother will fight against brother,
neighbor against neighbor,
city against city,
kingdom against kingdom.
(Isaiah 19:2 (NIV))
I know that you can argue that this could be interpreted in such a way that you could say it happens every day. However you look at it, it is very interesting to look at the world and the events within it from a perspective of “What if?” I am not professing an escapist theology, but I am professing that we need to heed the words that Jesus spoke and Matthew recorded. We must not hide our heads in the sand. We must not ignore the signs that God is showing us. We must not be ignorant of what those signs are. We must be able to recognize the season just as anybody can tell when summer is near.
The signs of summer are obvious. I firmly believe that Jesus was telling us that the signs He spoke about are also obvious. We simply must learn to recognize them.
No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
(Matthew 24:36 (NIV))
Just as with the fig tree when we see the twigs get tender and the leaves come out, we know that figs will soon appear. We do not know exactly when they will appear, but we know that it will come because the sings that foretell of the arrival have already come.
Do you see the forest as well as the trees?